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Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 26, 2014.
(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Can Harper’s choice for privacy watchdog provide accountability?

Trust us. That’s been the Conservative government’s response to creeping concerns that big-data surveillance is silently eroding Canadians’ privacy rights.

And now, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has selected as watchdog over those rights, as Privacy Commissioner, an official who has for years advised the government, behind closed doors, on the activities of government that put those rights most at risk.